Praise for Cowboy Is a Verb



A quarter century ago, novelist/prophet Bill Kittredge argued that the West ‘needed a new story’ of how to live and work with the land. Rancher Richard Collins has now given us that fresh, dynamic, and thoughtful narrative, one of families and communities in cattle country celebrating and enhancing the complexity of the landscape of which they are a part. Collins is not only a fine storyteller, but there is generosity and exuberance in his writing and thinking that I hope will spread like wildfire to renew the many landscapes and cultures of the American West. —Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Food from the Radical Center and co-editor of Stitching the West Back Together


H. Alan Day

As a lifelong rancher and cowboy, I was mesmerized by Richard Collins’ beautifully crafted stories. What I particularly relished was Collins’ deep love of the land. His passion for conserving and improving grasslands, water, wildlife—the very environment that sustains us—shines through his articulate and moving prose. He is a down-to-earth rancher and cowboy who finds great joy in his daily tasks while never losing sight of his role as steward of the land. —H. Alan Day, author of The Horse Lover and Cowboy Up!


Thomas E. Sheridan

Collins seamlessly weaves a memoir about how he learned to ranch in southeastern Arizona with astute commentaries about the challenges of doing so in a land where most of his neighbors were exurbanites and a small endangered minnow caused more problems than the drug runners trekking through his mountain pastures. —Thomas E. Sheridan, professor of anthropology at University of Arizona, author of Arizona: A History, and co-editor of Stitching the West Back Together


Bill McDonald

The best description of ranching in southeast Arizona that I have yet run across. —Bill McDonald, co-founder of the Radical Center, past president of the Malpai Borderlands Group, and fifth generation rancher